Comprehensive ship inspection services play a vital role in ensuring the safety, reliability, and operational efficiency of bulk carriers during the process of vessel sales and purchases. By meticulously examining critical aspects such as hatch cover sealing condition, end stoppers’ integrity, damages to lower hoppers and tank tops, condition of top-side ballast tanks, and cargo crane functionality, Sinotech Marine helps identify potential issues and risks that could impact the vessel’s performance and cargo handling operations.
Hatch Cover Sealing Condition
Worn-out rest pads, missing or damaged packings, and holding channels can lead to water ingress into cargo holds, damaging the cargo, and affecting the stability of the vessel. A quick means to assess packing condition, apart from looking for missing or damaged packing, is to measure the permanent indentation on the packing. The gap between the cover skirt and the coaming plate can also be a good indicator, with a reduced gap indicating worn-out packings/rest pads leading to incorrect compression.
Condition of End Stoppers in view of Vessel Rolling-Pitching
These stoppers are designed to limit the movement of hatch cover panels due to rolling and pitching. Worn stoppers lead to excessive movement during sailing, affecting the watertight integrity of the hatch covers.
Damages in Lower Hoppers and Cargo holds Tank Tops
Damages to the tank top and lower hoppers are common due to the impact of dozers during cargo operations. These damages can affect the structural integrity and suitability of the vessel for specific trades. However, they are easy to locate through visual inspection.
Condition of Top Side Ballast Tanks
Damages to the upper hoppers of cargo holds are difficult to locate due to height and restricted access. An easy way to check for damages is through inspection of the TST (Top Side Tank) on the inward side, which forms the upper hopper of the cargo holds. A breach or damage on this plate may result in water ingress into the tanks.
Condition of Cargo Cranes
Crane falling blocks, pulleys, and wires directly affect the operability of the cranes. Seized pulleys can lead to wire rubbing and breakage during operation, which can seriously damage the vessel and endanger the safety of the crew and stevedores involved in cargo operations.
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